Heather Krasna

Heather Krasna
Columbia University | CU · Department of Sociomedical Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy
Seeking to build connections between academia and the public health workforce.

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Introduction
Public health workforce research Vocational decision making Career development Employment outcomes of public health graduate students Public service motivation Quantitative and qualitative methods, key informant interviews Scoping reviews
Additional affiliations
September 2018 - present
Columbia University
Position
  • Head of Faculty
Description
  • Public Health Field Practice course for international students. Experiential learning, self-awareness, leadership, communication, and career development, using Holland's career theory and Kolb's experiential learning cycle.
June 2008 - June 2012
University of Washington Seattle
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Taught 1-credit course to up to 40 graduate students on careers in public administration.

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Publications (13)
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The recent movement underscoring the importance of career taxonomies has helped usher in a new era of transparency in PhD career outcomes. The convergence of discipline-specific organizational movements, interdisciplinary collaborations, and federal initiatives have all helped to increase PhD career outcomes tracking and reporting. Transparent and...
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Objectives A key goal of schools and programs of public health is to prepare graduates for careers in the public health workforce after graduation, but are they achieving this goal? We assessed how the employment outcomes of students earning public health degrees are collected and described in the literature. Methods Using the Kirkpatrick model of...
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A strong public health workforce (PHW) is needed to respond to COVID-19 and public health (PH) issues worldwide. However, classifying, enumerating, and planning the PHW is challenging. Existing PHW taxonomies and enumerations focus on the existing workforce, and largely ignore workforce competition for public health graduates (PHGs). Such efforts a...
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Objectives. To improve understanding of the future public health workforce by analyzing first-destination employment outcomes of public health graduates. Methods. We assessed graduate outcomes for those graduating in 2015–2018 using descriptive statistics and the Pearson χ2 test. Results. In our analysis of data on 53 463 graduates, we found that...
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Background Many competencies frameworks exist worldwide and it is well known that competence-based education supports employability. However, little research exists regarding public health graduates' employment outcomes. This paper aims to stir the discussion about the expectations of the global health employment market and the competencies, which...
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As postsecondary tuition and debt levels continue to rise, the value proposition of higher education has been increasingly called into question by the popular media and the general public. Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics now show early career earnings and debt, by program, for thousands of institutions across the Unite...
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Climate change is acknowledged to be a major risk to public health. Skills and competencies related to climate change are becoming a part of the curriculum at schools of public health and are now a competency required by schools in Europe and Australia. However, it is unclear whether graduates of public health programs focusing on climate change ar...
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Context: Much has been written about the public health workforce, but very little research has been published—and none in a peer-reviewed journal or other report since 1992—regarding the employment outcomes and employment sectors of graduate students pursuing public health as an area of study. Objectives: Our objectives were to review the literatu...
Poster
Analysis of the employment outcomes of global health graduate students.
Book
Jobs That Matter provides job seekers with the tips they need to land a great job in government (including local, state, and federal), nonprofit, or corporate organizations serving the public good. This book helps you pinpoint the right public service career for your interests and talents, and then helps you land it with key research, networking, r...

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COVID19 response has stressed the governmental public health enterprise across the world to its breaking point. Public health practitioners across the world have been on the front line of COVID-19 response, working across various functions, including quarantine and isolation, contact tracing and case reporting, surveillance, scarce resource allocation, and direct care provision. Public health leaders have been responsible for enforcing public health interventions, such as mask mandates and business closures. Impact on the workforce has been from external and internal sources. Reports of significant policymaker and public sentiment shifts have created political pressure on health department leadership. Additionally, preliminary evidence is showing that stress, extra COVID response duties, and “temporary” job shifts taking workers away from their primary jobs that have lasted for over a year are leading to high levels of turnover and burnout among the public health workforce. This represents a risk to continued public health response into the peri-COVID-19 period. In this special issue of IJERPH, we invite submissions that characterize how across the globe the governmental public health workforce adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how the pandemic has impacted the workforce. This issue seeks to highlight especially the work of practitioners and public health systems research as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. New research papers, practice reports, brief reports, reviews, and conference papers are welcome to this issue. We will accept submissions from researchers, academic-practice teams, and encourage submissions from public health practitioners and organizations supporting public health entities. A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/COVID_governmental_public_health_workforce_adaptation_response_recovery_staffing_global_pandemic